children's place preschool and academy
Children's Place Academy Registration is now open!
CHildren's Place Preschool is full for the 2022-2023 school year.


Mission statement

Jesus Christ calls each of us to reach out with God’s Love, Hospitality, Hope, and Healing so that all may experience and share the Joy of belonging to Him.


Children's Place Preschool and Academy are outreach ministries of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.  We have a faith based philosophy to reach every child and family. Our philosophy is to partner with families to bring a nurturing and highly developmental education to each child. The Children's Place has an approach to early educational experiences based on theories and research within Developmental Psychology and Early Education. Our approach is based along the guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for developmentally appropriate practice. We plan experiences to promote cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development. The teachers provide expert guidance and support for children as they explore and learn about living successfully in the world with self and others.


We provide a Christian environment where children and their families feel safe and loved.  We seek to provide excellent service in such a fashion as to gain trust with all who interact with us. We emphasize diversity throughout our program, and our individualized, developmental approach lends itself to meeting the unique needs of children.  We are inclusive of children with special needs.  We offer a weekly worship service with age appropriate stories and music.

About Our preschool
Accreditation and licensing

NAEYC is the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators. Early Childhood programs accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Criteria for High-Quality Early Childhood Programs, and been found to be in substantial compliance with the criteria.
A copy of the Criteria can be obtained from NAEYC's Academy. To obtain more information, please contact NAEYC at

Children's Place is licensed by the Dept. of Children and Family Services.  All licensing information can be found at  Our academy is registered in the state of Florida as a private school.  More information is available at

School Program Hours

Preschool Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
*Optional Early & After Care Options available from

Academy hours 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

*additional fee

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